SWAMY EYES GAMEL’S JOB

Fiji Sun - - Sport - SHEL­DON CHANEL SUVA Edited by Leone Cabenatabu­a Feed­back: shel­[email protected]­jisun.com.fj

Suva foot­ball coach Ka­mal Swamy has de­clared his in­ter­est for the Voda­fone na­tional team job which be­comes va­cant on Au­gust 30 when Christophe Gamel leaves.

Gamel re­signed last week amid a string of poor results, in­clud­ing a tame bronze medal fin­ish at the Pa­cific Games, and question marks over his con­duct as na­tional coach.

The French­man cited per­sonal rea­sons for his de­par­ture.

Speaking af­ter Suva’s 2-1 Voda­fone Premier League win over Lautoka on Sun­day, Swamy con­firmed that he would be ap­ply­ing for the role.

The Fiji Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion has said they will ad­ver­tise the position soon, with pres­i­dent Rajesh Pa­tel say­ing they pre­ferred to re­cruit from over­seas.

“It all de­pends on Fiji Foot­ball. If they need my ser­vices, I’m al­ways avail­able but I won’t be able to do it alone and need the sup­port of all the coaches,” Swamy said.

The for­mer Lautoka coach is among the most qual­i­fied in the coun­try with an Ocea­nia Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion B coach­ing Li­cence.

How­ever, there are five other coaches with sim­i­lar CVs– namely, Lautoka coach Angi­nesh Prasad, Un­der-23 coach Marika Rodu, Labasa’s Ronil Lal, Yogendra Dutt and Su­nil Kumar.

Fiji FA tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Ravi­nesh Kumar, with an OFC A-Li­cence, is Fiji’s most qual­i­fied coach but hasn’t coached at top level since guid­ing the na­tional side to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Gamel, who had no ex­pe­ri­ence coach­ing a na­tional team prior to the Fiji job, had a UEFA pro-li­cence.

Photo: Fiji FA Me­dia

For­mer Lautoka and now Suva’s coach Ka­mal Swamy wants to coach the Voda­fone Fi­jian foot­ball team.

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